According to an article in the Health Service Journal (HSJ – 26 August 2009), West Sussex PCT has written to its provider foundations and an applicant trust to “emphasise [the] expectation” of public board meetings following pressure from local campaigners.
“The PCT board has concluded that to ensure adequate public accountability, all trusts, including foundation trusts, that provide services for the people of West Sussex, should hold regular board meetings in public,” said a report published by the PCT in July.
Ministers and NHS chief executive David Nicholson have previously said foundation boards should meet in public.
But some foundations, and the Foundation Trust Network, argue they can be transparent and open without holding board meetings in public because they have elected governors and regular public governors meetings. They argue that trust directors can be more challenging and open to each other if they meet in private. Monitor has said it is up to individual foundations to decide.
The HSJ article has prompted a range of strong views from readers.
Read the full HSJ article, and reader responses, here.